Graduate Certificates in Institutional Research

The links below are to IR certificate programs offered by U.S. institutions. Information on this webpage is provided by the programs and posted as a resource for readers. Please note that AIR does not endorse or accredit IR certificate programs. Readers are advised to contact any programs of interest to confirm the information posted. Contact air@airweb.org for corrections, updates, or new listings. New programs include:

  • Baruch (9/8/2014)                  
  • Sam Houston (9/17/2014)        
  • San Diego State (10/2/2014)   

 

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IR Graduate Certificate Program  

This interdisciplinary certificate program, Institutional Research, will provide students with the necessary foundation of skills and experiences needed to enter the field of institutional research. Program Benefits:
  • You will be prepared for entry-level employment in institutional research.
  • You will learn from an internationally-recognized IR leader who is a past president of the Association for Institutional Research.
  • You can take classes toward completion of the program while enrolled in other Ball State graduate degree programs, and you will be able to use several courses from those programs to fulfill the requirements of this certificate program.
Prior education required: Bachelor's degree from a college or university that is accredited by its regional association.

Delivery method: Face-to-Face

​Credit hours required for Certificate: 15

​Cost for Certificate (full-time student): Cost for Certificate is based upon a full-time student completing 15 graduate credit hours in one semester.
​In-state: $6,548 ($436.54 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: $16,283 ($1085.54 per credit hour)
 
Program contact information:
Name: Dr. William Knight
Email: wknight@bsu.edu
Phone
: 765-285-5974
Date information updated: November 1, 2013

 

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New!  Institutional Research for Higher Education Certificate Program

The certificate program in Institutional Research provides students with broad understandings on the field of institutional research. Program topics include:

  • How to identify policy issues concerning  higher education
  • How to address issues by applying qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Learning about the critical role institutional researchers play in promoting evidence-based decision making by higher education administrators
  • Securing effective operation of colleges/universities
  • Complying with reporting requirements by governmental and non-governmental agencies

The program will be held February 5 - March 26, 2015 - Baruch College School of Public Affairs - Thursday evenings
6:00 pm-9:00 pm. The last day to register is January 22, 2015.

Prior education required: None

Delivery method: Face-to-Face

Credit hours required for Certificate: This is a non-credit certificate program

Cost for Certificate$1,980
In-state: ​$1,980
Out-of-state: ​$$1,980

Program contact information:
Name: Edgar Zavala
Email: Edgar.zavala@baruch.cuny.edu  
Phone: (646) 660-6718

Date information updated: September 8, 2013

 

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Certificate in Institutional Research

The Certificate in Institutional Research is designed to provide academic and professional development opportunities for institutional researchers, administrators, graduate students, and faculty from all areas of higher education. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of institutional research, explore institutional, state, and national databases, and apply their knowledge to practical situations.

Prior education required: Bachelor’s degree
 
Delivery method: Online
 
​Credit hours required for Certificate: 18
 
​Cost for Certificate (full-time student):
In-state: $9,000 ($500.00 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: $9,000 ($500.00 per credit hour)
 
Program contact information:
Name: Paul Stonecipher, Program Coordinator/Certificate in IR
Phone: 850-644-6777
 
Date information updated: November 1, 2013
 
The IR Graduate Certificate is sponsored by the office of Institutional Research and Planning and is housed in the Department of Psychology, yet welcomes students from any undergraduate discipline. It provides an introduction to the field of Institutional Research and forms a solid base for those pursuing as well as starting a career in IR to advance in their knowledge.

This online program is for students and entry level career professionals to explore the discipline of IR and is offered through the California State University system at a reasonable price by seasoned IR professionals with experience in the California Community College system, the UC system and the California State University system.
 
Prior education required: Bachelor’s degree
 
Delivery method: Online
 
​Credit hours required for Certificate: 12
 
​Cost for Certificate (full-time student): Two prerequisite courses can be taken elsewhere.
In-state: $4,788 ($399 per credit unit)
Out-of-state: $4,788 ($399 per credit unit)
 
Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Jacqueline Honda
Phone: 707-826-5339
 
Date information updated: November 1, 2013


 
 
 
North Dakota State University offers both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Education, both with an emphasis in either Institutional Analysis or Occupational and Adult Education. The Institutional Analysis curriculum was designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for understanding institutional analysis both inside and outside of formal education settings. This option area focuses on the role of assessment, evaluation, and other research and analysis techniques in supporting institutional planning, policy formation, and decision-making. The Institutional Analysis option at NDSU is the first program in the nation with this focus at the doctoral level.

Prior education required: ​Master’s degree

Delivery method: Face-to-face with some online coursework; Distance learning possible as face-to-face courses are typically taught using Interactive Video Network.

​Credit hours required for Certificate: N/A – students are not working towards a Certificate, they are choosing the Institutional Analysis Option (9 core hours plus focused inquiry courses) within the Education Doctoral Program (minimum of 63 hours post-Master’s).

Cost for Certificate (full-time student): N/A – students are not working towards a Certificate, they are choosing the Institutional Analysis Option (9 core hours plus focused inquiry courses) within the Education Doctoral Program (minimum of 63 hours post-Master’s).
In-state: $2,879.46 tuition/fees for 9 hours ($319.94 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: $4,113.18 tuition/fees for 9 hours ($457.02 per credit hour)

Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Chris Ray
Phone: 701-231-7417
 
Date information updated: November 1, 2013
 
 
The 15-credit program, designed to provide students with the skills that support institutional planning and policy formation, has been created for in-career professionals, graduate students, and institutional researchers.  Credit toward the certificate may be granted for the completion of AIR Data and Decisions Academy, AIR Data Institutes and AIR Workshops, as part of the student’s program of study.
 
Prior education required: Bachelor’s degree in any field
 
Delivery method: Online
 
Credit hours required for Certificate: 15
 
Cost for Certificate (part-time student): 
In-state: ​$11,415 ($761 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: ​$11,415 ($761 per credit hour)
 
Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Frederick D. Loomis
Email: FDL101@psu.edu 
Phone: 814-865-5403 or 800-252-3592
 
Date information updated: November 1, 2013
 
 

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New!  Higher Education Assessment and Institutional Research Online Certificate Program

The graduate certificate in Higher Education Assessment and Institutional Research develops postsecondary faculty and administrators’ abilities to access, manage, analyze, and use data in today’s complex higher education contexts. The program supports faculty and staff of all levels and from a variety of institutional types in learning about assessment, institutional research, data management, analysis, accountability, accreditation, strategic planning, enrollment management, leadership, resource management, among other areas of focus.

Prior education requiredBachelor’s degree

Delivery Method: Online

Credit hours required for Certificate: 15

Cost for Certificate (full-time student): Visit the Bursar's Office for the most current cost information.
In-state: Visit URL above.
Out-of-state: Visit URL above.

Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Peggy Holzweiss
Email: pholzweiss@shsu.edu
Phone:936.294.1147

Date information updated: September 17, 2014

 

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New!  Online Institutional Research Planning and Assessment Certificate

The purpose of this 12 credit hour graduate certificate is to equip postsecondary faculty and administrators in 2- and 4- year institutions with the knowledge and skills to access, manage, and utilize input data, student information system generated data, outcome-based assessment results, program review results, and other benchmark indicators of institutional data in their decision-making processes.   

Prior education requiredBachelor’s degree. 

Delivery method: Online  

Credit hours required for Certificate: 12 

Cost for Certificate (full-time student): $7,965
In-state: $7,965 ($662 per credit hour) 
Out-of-state: $7,965 ($662 per credit hour) 

Program contact information:
Name: Marilee Bresciani Ludvik
Email: mbrescia@mail.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6115

Date information updated: October 2, 2014

 

 

 

This program offers students the opportunity to select courses most relevant to their professional goals and includes coursework that focuses on evaluation, assessment, psychometrics, and statistics with research in applied and theoretical arenas, with an emphasis on quantitative and analytical skills. The program is customizable to meet the needs of the student, with no required courses. In consultation with UIC MESA faculty, students select three courses, for a total of 12 credit hours.
 
Prior education requiredBachelor’s degree in any field
 
Delivery method: Online 
 
Credit hours required for Certificate: 12
 
Cost for Certificate (full-time student): 
In-state: $9,324 ($777 per credit hour)
Out-of-state: $9,324 ($777 per credit hour)
 
Program contact information:
Name: MESA Online Admissions Team
Email: info@online.uic.edu
Phone: 866-772-2268, option 1
 
Date information updated: November 1, 2013

 
 
The Graduate Certificate Program in Institutional Research provides the formal training institutional researchers need in an era of increased federal and state reporting requirements, legal mandates, extensive use of “data mining,” and pressure for accountability. The number of Institutional Research Offices on campuses is expanding with even the smallest institution needing a trained academic as an institutional researcher. The UM-St. Louis campus collaborates with the UM campuses in Columbia and Kansas City and with the UM System Office in delivering this program.
 
Prior education requiredBachelor’s degree​
 
Delivery method: Online
 
Credit hours required for Certificate: 18
 
Cost for Certificate (full-time student): 
​In-state: $8,429.40 ($468.30 per credit hour)
Out-of--state: ​$8,429.40 ($468.30 per credit hour) *Non-resident scholarship available
 
Program contact information:
Name: Dr. Patricia G. Boyer
Email: boyerp@umsl.edu 
Phone: 314-516-7396​
 
Date information updated: November 1, 2013